Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society

The Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society is an affiliate society of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and a member society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). And every year in February, we collaborate with the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA) to provide continuing education for psychiatrists from locations all around the state.

Closer to home, the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society provides a community venue for continuing education, lively collegial discourse, and fellowship among professionals who share a common interest in psychoanalytic thought and psychoanalytically-informed treatment. We meet several times per year to hear from our featured speaker and engage in spirited discussion of the topic presented by the speaker.

A Note From Our President

Our program series for the 2019-2020 academic year will feature accomplished scholars and clinicians who demonstrate the exciting ways that modern psychoanalytic thinking infiltrates and integrates theory and practice in the fields of psychology and psychiatry, as well as with other disciplines. We welcome participation in our series by members of the Emory community but want to reach out to the larger Atlanta mental health community as well to share the richness of psychoanalytic thinking on social and community issues as demonstrated by the topics we have chosen to highlight in our scientific program series this fall. We will continue this philosophy throughout my two year tenure as President of the Society with program topics such as immigration, applications of a psychoanalytic framework to the treatment of psychotic patients and their families, the role a psychoanalyst can play in interdisciplinary work in a neonatal ICU, transgender mental health, issues of difference and race in therapeutic work culminating in a larger multidisciplinary program in June 2021 of the exciting Black Psychoanalysts Speak IV program symposium tackling issues of race and difference in the therapeutic encounter. As our website is updated this fall there will be more to come on these exciting programs.

Beverly J. Stoute, M.D.

President, Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society, 2019-2021
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst
Training and Supervising Analyst of the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, Faculty, Emory University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Southeast Child Analytic Consortium

Each year, our speaker series includes nationally and internationally renowned psychoanalysts, some of whom are members of our own Society.

The Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society also sponsors a paper prize award every two years for the paper by a trainee that has been judged to be the best paper on a topic relevant to psychoanalytic theory and/or treatment. Eligible trainees include candidates at the Institute or psychiatry residents-in-training. The winner receives a cash prize of $500, and he or she is invited to present their paper to a meeting of the Society.

The Society also periodically sponsors half-day clinical workshops featuring distinguished psychoanalytic clinicians addressing topics such as couples’ therapy and the treatment of eating disorders. These workshops are open to all licensed mental health professionals.

Many Society members are clinicians who love to treat people and who are taking new referrals. If you are interested in treatment, please contact a clinician.

We welcome new members! We are a diverse group, comprised of clinicians, students, professors, attorneys, businesspeople, and community leaders, but we share a passion for psychoanalysis and the insights it can bring to our work, our personal lives, and our community more generally. If you, too, share these interests, please consider joining us! For more information about membership, contact our membership committee chair, Edurne Chopeitia, MA, MBA, LPC, NBCC, at 770.262.1321 or our president, Beverly J. Stoute, MD, at 404.929.0390.


Program Committee Co-Chairs:   Kareen Malone, Ph.D., L.P.C. and

Melinda Robb, M.S.W.

Secretary:  Nisha Shah, M.D.                   

Treasurer: Brita Reed, M.D., Psy.D.                    

Membership Chair:  Edurne Chopeitia, M.A., L.P.C.

Councilor to APSA:  Jane Yates, Ph.D.

Alternate Councilor:  Kendle Jenkins, L.P.C.